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Carbon fiber head guards for baseball pitchers are designed to reduce the risk of head trauma while being comfortable and lightweight.
Carbon fiber head guards for baseball pitchers are designed to reduce the risk of head trauma while being comfortable and lightweight.
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Carbon Fiber Head Protection for Baseball Pitchers

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Protection

SST lightweight composite head guards for pitchers are designed to reduce head injury from the impact of a baseball.  They insert easily into the sweat liner of any ball cap and are comfortable for players to wear without distraction.

The Pro Performance and Pro X Head Guards are designed for players 13U and higher.  They provide protection along the front panel and sides of a baseball cap.

 The Prospect and Performance Head Guards are designed for Youth to 12U.  Most players achieve an optimal fit for our head guards in their existing hat size.


Pitchers

Twelve active pitchers in the Major League have experienced a line drive to the head.  But only a handful of pitchers are willing to wear some sort of protective cap.  While safety is key, comfort and appearance seem to be the driving factors behind a head guard becoming widely accepted in the sport of baseball.

SST has developed a lightweight, low-profile solution for pitchers.  The insert is a rectangular piece of carbon fiber with padding on the inside.  It weighs less than 2 ounces unlike other bulky caps that weigh up to 11 ounces.


Performance

Our head guards have been tested from 60-94 MPH.  Using a headform, triaxial accelerometer, and launcher we were able to determine a reduction of 120 G Forces between impacts with and without our head guards.

Studies show that a pitcher has only 1/3 of a second to react to a line drive.  SST head guards cover the exposed side of a pitcher's head from above the ear to the middle of the forehead.  A set of our head guards includes a right and left sided head piece for complete coverage from ear to ear around the front forehead area.

Made out of carbon fiber composite material, our head guards are powerfully built to reduce head trauma.  But they remain lightweight and virtually unnoticeable inside a pitcher's cap.  


Pros

Teams, parents, and players have all purchased our protective head guards.  They can be easily exchanged between multiple hats when players are on several teams.


Notable Teams/Players using SST Head Guards

  • Collin McHugh of the Houston Astros
  • Dan Jennings of the Chicago White Sox
  • Baltimore Orioles Organization
  • New York Mets Organization
  • Texas Rangers Organization
  • Former Major Leaguer Matt Diaz for his youth travel team
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Missouri
  • Creighton University
  • Marucci Elite

Check out the special ESPN's Outside the Lines did on pitcher head protection.  We were excited to be one of three products featured!

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12801222

Risks and challenges

Safety Sports Technologies has provided pitchers with head protection for the past year. We understand the need and urgency for player safety in sports. We have estimated the best delivery time for our rewards barring any unavoidable delays. However, we cannot rush our manufacturing process as this could compromise the integrity of our product and ultimately, player safety. We do guarantee that our backers will receive their rewards in a timely manner and be satisfied with the quality of our product.

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    Pledge $20 and receive a gift voucher for $35. Send the $35 gift voucher to friends, family, or use yourself to purchase our head protection through our website. Gift vouchers will be sent out once campaign has finished for immediate use.

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    1 Set of Prospect Youth Guards - Right and Left side head protection for players Youth to 12U. Guards are matte black.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    1 Set of Performance Youth Head Guards - Right and Left Side head protection for players Youth to 12U. Guards are glossy carbon fiber finish.

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    1 Set of Pro X Head Guards - Right and Left side head protection for players 13U and higher. Guards are matte black.

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    1 Personalized Set of Prospect Youth Head Guards - Right and Left side head protection for players Youth to 12U.
    Set is custom finished with player's name, number or initials.

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    2 Sets of Prospect Youth Guards - Right and Left side head protection for players Youth to 12U. Guards are matte black.

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    1 Personalized Set of Pro X Head Guards - Right and Left side head protection for players 13U and higher.
    Set is custom finished with player's name, number or initials.

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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    2 Sets of Pro X Head Guards - Right and left side head protection for players 13U and higher. Guards are matte black.

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    1 Set of Pro Performance Head Guards - Right and Left Side head protection for players 13U and higher. Guards are glossy carbon fiber finish.

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    5 Sets of Prospect Youth Guards, each personalized with player's initials and number. Great for team gifts and leagues! Retail value w/ customization $500.

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    5 Sets of Pro X Head guards, each personalized with player's initials and number. Great for team gifts and leagues! Retail value with customization $575.

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    10 Sets of Prospect Youth Guards, each personalized with player's initials and number. Great for team gifts and leagues! Retail value with customization $1000.

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    10 Sets of Pro X Head Guards, each personalized with player's initials and number. Great for team gifts and leagues! Retail value with customization $1150.

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